Hungary and Slovakia reopen several border lines

Hungary and Slovakia reopen several border lines. The Slovak Ministry of Transport and Construction plans to restart several regional rail connections.

The first rail connections to be reopened will be between Lučenec (Losonc) and Hatvan and between Košice (Kassa) and Hidasnémeti. In the second phase, four other regional interstate rail links could be reactivated, depending on negotiations with the Hungarian railway company MÁV-Start, Slovak officials were quoted by Hungary Today as saying.

Hungary and Slovakia reopen several border lines


According to the Slovak transport ministry, the Lučenec – Fiľakovo (Fülek) – Salgótarján – Hatvan line could be connected to the Zvolen (Zólyom), Rimavská Sobota (Rimaszombat) and Rožňava (Rozsnyó) lines in Slovakia and the Košice – Budapest EuroCity (EC) line in Hatvan, Hungary. Trains are expected to run every hour during peak hours and every two hours off-peak. On the Košice – Čaňa (Hernádcsány) – Hidasnémeti line, trains are also expected to run at one-hourly intervals during peak hours.

“We want to improve cross-border connections and thus strengthen links between people living in border regions,” said Slovak transport minister Jozef Ráž, pointing out that the former rail links were closed in 2003 but would be in high demand. According to the Slovak ministry, representatives of the Slovak State Railways (ŽSR) and MÁV will hold talks on the issue soon.

The ministry said there was also a possibility of reopening other rail connections on the two lines connecting Komárno, the Lučenec-Ipolytarnóc – Szécsény – Balassagyarmat line, the Slovenské Nové Mesto (Szlovákújhely) – Sátoraljaújhely line and the Šahy (Ipolyság) – Drégelypalánk – Balassagyarmat line.

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